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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Allison & Busby (2 May 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 074901525X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749015251
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 2.8 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 67,001 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘Crime fiction’s most unlikely but utterly credible romance… Laurie King is the most interesting writer to emerge on the American crime fiction front in recent years’
Val McDermid (of THE BEEKEEPER’S APPRENTICE)

‘A novel which challenges the cliches of history’
Indpendent (of A MONSTROUS REGIMENT OF WOMEN)

‘King’s novel is civilized, ingenious and engrossing’
Literary Review (of THE BEEKEEPER’S APPRENTICE)

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Hours after Holmes and Russell return from solving the murky riddle of 'The Moor', a bloodied but oddly familiar stranger pounds desperately on their front door, pleading for help. When he recovers, he lays before them the story of the enigmatic Marsh Hughenfort, younger brother of the Duke of Beauville, returned to England upon his brother's death.

Not until they set eyes on Justice Hall can Holmes and Russell appreciate Marsh's dilemma. Set in a garden modelled on Eden, it is a home of unearthly perfection. But the heirs to this splendour are haunted by tragedy and scandalous rumours surrounding the death of Gabriel Hughenfort, the late Duke's only son, in the Great War of 1918.

While Holmes heads to London to uncover the truth of Gabriel's war record, Russell joins an ill-fated shooting party. A missing diary, a purloined bundle of letters, and a trail of ominous clues comprise a mystery that will call for Holmes' cleverest disguises and Russell's most daring journeys into the unknown – from an English hamlet to the city of Paris to the wild prairie of the New World. The trap is set, the game is afoot, but can thy catch an elusive villain in the act of murder before they become his next victims?

Praise for LAURIE R KING

"Beguiling variation on Sherlock Holmes sequels…civilized, ingenious and engrossing"
'Literary Review'

"Simultaneously inventive, charming, witty and suspenseful"
'Elizabeth George'

"One of the most literate and gifted writers the mystery world has seen for some time"
'Val McDermid'

"Mary Russell combines the quirky intellect of her mentor with a modern modus operandi – a heroine to contend with"
'Time Out'

"The great marvel of King's series is that she's managed to preserve the integrity of Holmes' character and yet somehow conjure up a woman, astute, edgy and compelling enough to be the partner of his mind as well as his heart"
'Washington Post'

"If there is a new P.D. James…I would put money on Laurie King"
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By F. Orion Pozo on 5 Feb. 2006
Format: Paperback
Justice Hall starts out far-fetched but then develops quietly and consistently into a great mystery novel. Returning from weeks spent on the wild Moors, Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes are ready to settle down in their Sussex cottage for a rest when there is a knock at the door. It is their Bedouin buddy Ali who, with his brother Mahmoud, had served as a guide to the disguised couple during their 1919 visit to Palestine (related in O Jerusalem).
It seems that Ali and Mahmoud aren't Middle Eastern at all. Their real names are Alistair and Marsh (Maurice). And they are not just British. Due to some heavy pruning of the family tree, Marsh is now to become the Seventh Duke of Beauville and is living in Justice Hall, the family mansion, with Ali residing down the road at Old Badger Place.
Holmes and Russell are invited to visit and are drawn slowly into the mysteries of the family and its bloodline. All of the classic British estate mystery novel cliches are here: the shot gone astray during a hunt, hidden staircases, obsequious servants, dressing for dinner, ne'er-do-well relatives, endless tromps through the estate grounds, and even a costume ball. Yet they seem vibrant and appropriate rather than tired and reheated.
Since this series is based on the author's claim of being an editor to a set of notebooks purportedly left by the mysterious Mary Russell, the reader expects these stories to be grounded in historic fact. Yet there seems to be no real Duke of Beauville, no Justice Hall, not even the local towns seem to exist in any online search. This is such a change from the previous book in the series, The Moor, where Russell and Holmes visit the very real Rev. Sabine Baring-Gould during his final year on earth.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr Greenfingers on 4 Dec. 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
I read all the Sherlock Holmes books as a kid, also loved Laurie King's first novel The Beekeeper's Apprentice, but I was disappointed with this one. The start is incredibly slow - it takes 200 pages before anything of note happens. Until that point all we know is that a friend of Holmes and Russell has to take up his duties as a Duke, when he would rather be abroad. Oh and his brother gets a bit roughed up in a London riot. That's it, no case to speak of for 200 pages. Instead there is a lot of rambling waffle idolising a noble family, and describing their TWO piles and extensive grounds in tedious detail. It does pick up a bit towards the end, but even still there is little deductive reasoning and it just becomes a paper-trail, with little involvement by Holmes. Curiously the last 50 pages conclude very quickly and it doesn't even wrap up all the loose ends. A very odd book and way below the standard of the first.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. S. Thorne on 19 Oct. 2011
Format: Paperback
There is a most unexpected turn of events right at the beginning of this book, with characters reappearing from "O Jerusalem" but in quite a different guise. I wondered if they and the plot would survive the translation to an English country house, but they did and the entire story unfolded without a loose end in sight. As ever, Laurie R King can establish a setting and atmosphere like none other, and this book was delightful to read from beginning to end. The story itself is about righting wrongs, establishing the truth and releasing a man from a life which can only be a burden to him. Absolutely marvellous.
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By alohabr on 23 May 2004
Format: Hardcover
I trust that you are familiar with Laurie R. Kings Russell-series otherwise I recommend to read the previous books first, especially The Beekeeper's Apprentice and O Jerusalem otherwise this book may make less sence to you.
I only recently discovered the Russell-series, so I had the advantage to read all the books in short order. I would wholehearteadly say that I like Justice Hall most of all but not for Holmes, Russell or the interaction between the two of them.
I like it for another resson: Ali and Mahmoud or in this case Alistair and Marsh (and also in addition Iris) are the best "guest"characters Laurie R. King wrote in the whole series. They are vivid, believable, interesting and the relationshsip between them is just fascinating (a shame-marriage between Iris and Marsh on one side, a strong subtext between Marsh and Alistair on the other). I definitely hope there will be more of them in future books.
But there is too less Russell in the book and even lesser Holmes. And Holmes is - at least for me - the reason why I buy the series. I don't necessary expect him to be more involved in the mere "action", after all he si over 60 int hsi books. But at least he should reflect more on the events and persons involved. For example I would have liked to read his opinion about the relationship between Marsh, Iris and Alistair. But he only gives a smile as answer of Russells (therefore the readers) question. I miss his (and Russell's, too, to some degree)skills of observing and deduction.
At the first sight the plot seems exciting but on the second thought there are too many and too big wholes and contradictions in it. Mrs.
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